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  1. Hi John, I picked up my Corolla Sol saloon just as lock down was starting here in Ireland. It is a fabulous car to drive with excellent mpg figures. I tend to just leave the car to do its own thing - I drive in 'Normal' mode and have the heating/AC on 'Auto' most of the time. The one thing that I can not always get right, is the adaptive cruise control, (I am not sure if that is available on the Luna Sport). The first time I tried to set it up, whilst travelling at about 80 kph, it took itself up to 100, (the speed limit on the road I was on), and then immediately applied the brakes as I was gaining on the car in front at a fast rate of knots! At least it showed that the automatic breaking worked!! One thing I would like is a higher volume for the warning tones, but that is something I will speak to the dealer about some time. I don't think you will regret getting the car, once you get used to it.
  2. Many thanks for the replies, the explanations given make sense. Quote from AndrueC - "They will generally beat the fuel economy of a petrol engine and with care can match that of a diesel" My last petrol engine car averaged about 38 mpg. My last car, a diesel, averaged 59 mpg and the Corolla, (using my own stat's), is doing 53.08 mpg after 14 weeks, so I am happy. 👍
  3. Thanks for that Catlover. I hoped it was just the computer doing what it should, but nice to have it confirmed. And I certainly do enjoy the drive. 😀
  4. I have the 1.8 Hybrid Sol saloon, (top of the range in Ireland), and took delivery just as lock down was starting. I have to say that I am extremely pleased with the car but one thing puzzles me. The display showing how full the hybrid battery is never shows full. The majority of the time it shows two or three 'empty' cells and quite often, if I try and force the car into electric vehicle mode, I get a message stating that there is not enough battery power available. I do a 20 mile journey twice a day, Monday to Friday, plus other occasional journeys and the car will use the electric motor when necessary. Is what I am experiencing 'normal', or is the battery not being charged as it should be?
  5. I have both @FROSTYBALLS thanks. I can control the voice for the map and I think I did find something for the warning bleeps and, if that is what I found, they were set to the loudest. However, I will have another look tomorrow.
  6. I find that the warning sounds are very faint - e.g lane deviation warning. I have increased what settings I can but still find the warnings very faint. Unless I am missing something, I can find nothing in the manual. Is there a way to increase the volume of the bleeps? The car is a 2020 saloon.
  7. @Timmon It does look good, (in my opinion) and it certainly oozes quality on the inside. I have for a long time, had Opel Astras and always thought they were nice cars - I have changed my mind now. 😁. As you say, the rear seats fold down and even without that, the boot is huge. In my over 45 years of driving, this is my first Toyota! After only a week, I am a convert. 👍
  8. Don't know about the UK market, but the top spec' version in Ireland, 'SOL', (like what I have 😀), has half(ish) leather.
  9. The "dash projection" looks perfectly normal to me, just part of the nice flowing lines. Still, it would not do if we were all of the same mind - life would be pretty boring. ☺️ The sat nav looking like an add on did look a bit strange when I was first looking at the car, especially as the one in the Astra was built in. However, even after just four days, it now looks right somehow.
  10. Well I am certainly not a "young professional" any more. ☺️ I do like the styling, space and it is definitely more comfortable than the Astra it replaced.
  11. @Catlover We now only have four cats, (we did have 13 at one time - but that is another story!). They are all other peoples 'cast offs' and the oldest has one eye and long hair. She is about 18 years old now and since having her eye removed last year is like a flaming kitten again! The other three are tabbies. @Timmon and for anybody else interested, I have attached a couple of pictures. When I was doing research on the Corolla, I was quite surprised how the car differs from market to market. For instance, I believe that there are three trim levels in the UK, but there are four in Ireland, but only one in the USA. I have what is called 'Sol' in Ireland and it has everything - I am still learning!
  12. @Catlover Over here in Ireland, the motoring press reckon the saloon will be a bigger seller than the hatchback. I have not seen many on the road yet, but of those I have seen, it seems to be about a 50/50 split. The colour of my car is called 'Metal Stream', although the registration document says 'Grey', (which does not have quite the same ring to it ☺️). Just out of interest, do you like cats?
  13. Thanks. I will post a picture when I get time - not sure when though, this self-isolating is very time consuming. 😀
  14. Well, I picked the car up Friday. Ask me if I am happy and the answer is a definite yes. I am still learning but, it is smooth, I can not tell which engine is being used if I do not look at the display, no problem with the gearbox, in a nutshell, very pleased. I did ask the dealer about where the spare parts come from and was informed that the majority came from Belgium, (I think), but that of course, may only apply to Ireland.